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Someone Following you?

If you drive for real, you piss people off. Occasionally you piss them off enough to follow you. I’ve had people try to follow me several times. Most of them give up after they see I can’t be shaken 🙂

What to do

First find out if they are following you by taking a few turns.. If they continue to follow you past 3-4 turns, try a U-turn. If they follow you with a U-Turn. You know for sure…

IF you think you’re seriously in danger, drive to a police station or if you don’t know where one is, or are too far, drive to some big local public place. Most people won’t screw with you if you do that.

What I do is just keep driving till they give up, one time a guy didn’t like me passing him so the followed me every turn. It was sorta like the movie “Duel” cuz I never did see who it was. They had their entire car tinted big time. I drove them all around town before they got sick of it and turned around 🙂

Accidents

If you ever see some accident with no police around, or something that might endanger people, like that dude who parked his truck in the middle of the road at night with the lights off. Take the time to stop off and dial 911 and do something about it. Both times I did it, I was the first to call and had I not, who knows what would have happened. Don’t say hey someone else will do it. If you have to sit there and warn people till the police show up, do that too. That’s where my flares will come in handy =] Get involved.

Broken Clutch Cable

At sometime your clutch cable might go out. It’s happened to me about 2-3 times. Your clutch goes all the way to the floor and it becomes useless. Rather than pulling over and leaving it and towing it, it’s still possible to drive it if it’s manual of course. What you do is turn your car off at the intersection and brake to a stop. Then when it’s your time to go, start the car in first gear, the thing will lurch forward and you start going trying to get the car at the perfect rpm to jam the stick into 2nd. You might have to skip from 1st to 3rd. When it
happened to me, I couldn’t get it into 2nd only 1st and 3rd. IF you can avoid stopping, it’s all the better. I would slow down really slow at red lights ignoring all the people piling up behind me till the light turned green. I
turned on my emergency flashers if they got too restless. Stop signs I rolled through them slow enough to fake like I sorta stopped. I turned on my flashers. I also held up my hands to make sure no one moved even if it was out of awe of some dude holding up his hands telling them to stop. Remember there is the right rpm to shift it, and you have to jam it into gear ignoring all the nasty sounds. And to stop you have to turn the car off because there is no good way to shift it into first with it on. Using this saved me a lot of trouble and allowed me to get home to get a ride for a clutch cable. No towing..

No brakes!

I think either 2 or 3 times my brakes have gone out. The pedal just goes to the floor. It is possible to drive a car with no brakes. I did it for like 60 miles on freeways and city streets. I was driving along and I came up to a stop and the flipping brakes gave out. I ended up on someone’s front lawn. I called up my dad and he said just drive it so I did. When you work at it, it’s pretty easy. What you do is shift to slow down. It’s pretty impossible with an automatic, yet another reason to go with stick. What you do is leave a huge ass space between you and cars and shift down and use the emergency brake for the final stop. Using that I was able to drive all of creation until I could get it fixed. Once you learn, you learn for life. It’s kinda fun actually 🙂

No Taillights (but headlights)

Use your emergency flashers. That should alert the people behind you, who would otherwise not see you. Then get the car home till day or to a shop.


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    • BT on:
      Why?
      Hey, I'm stuck in CA driving with these idiots all the time. But you can't complain if you're from TX about CA drivers, although it is the only TX place I have been, Houston drivers are just as bad.
    • Dee on:
      Asian Drivers
      Parker must be Asian...."they drives suck"?
    • Rodney Hood on:
      Why?
      WHY? Because 90% of them are MEXICANS. Majority of them dont have a license and carry fake id. Its their culture thats how they drive.
    • Ophelia on:
      Why?
      The way I see it, at least in Los Angeles (and San Diego--the other counties of California I've been in have it far less pronounced than these two), a lot of the problems seen on the roads can be attributed to a culture that places great value on speed. Essentially, people in L.A and S.D. are trained from an early age to have their gratification instant, and thus they never learn patience. This is why drivers will speed up to block you when you want to change lanes, this is why tailgating is so rampant, this is why they rarely ever come to a complete stop at stop signs, and this is why there's so much lane-weaving: These are drivers who want to go fast and see slowing down or stopping as an admission of inferiority. For the record, people blocking to stop me when I'm changing lanes is an extremely common occurrence that I figured out a good way to ensure you can get into the lane you need fairly quickly: As long as the traffic is not too congested, just slow down by about 5 miles per hour and get in behind them. The driver trying to block you is doing so either because they're not paying attention, or they cannot stand the thought of someone coming over in front of them. In both cases, they will gladly let you in behind them. (Congestion creates a problem because it means there will be someone else behind them who will think the same thing, and the person behind them likewise, and so forth.) It is an animal instict at work. For most creatures, seeing another creature with their back turned to them indicates the back-turned creature has superior authority. Likewise, a creature taking up a space behind another creature is an act of submission. For some reason, Californian drivers fall to these animal instincts and treat their cars as extensions of themselves. They don't want you getting into their lane in front of them because, subconsciously, they interpret it as you asserting authority over them, but they'll let you in behind them because they see it as you acknowledging their superiority. That's what I think.
    • expectnothing on:
      Why?
      That's exactly it. It's the attitude of it's ME me me and the whole world doesn't exist besides me.
    • expectnothing on:
      Why?
      California people tailgate because there's so many damn people, if you didn't, the line of cars would stretch from MEXICO to Oregon. They added 800,000 illegal alien drivers the other year. So that's why. As long as they are not crazy close which I define as you can't even see their headliights behind you. Otherwise, that's how close people drive in RUSH hour. Otherwise, in normal conditions, they're just tailgating and being aholes if it's not rush hour.
    • floyd on:
      Why?
      Why do Los Angeles driver tailgate, I was coming home on the 60 fwy west bound traffic was almost at a stop and this female person in a infinite climb on my bumper so close I could not see her front plate in my rear view camera I got over then she cut me off and flip me off this was a accident waiting to happen and she ended up on the same off ramp on the 10 fwy west. crazy
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      The CORE reason that California drivers have become (Yes! They were once exemplary drivers!) the worst dang drivers in the country; ATTTITUDE! Many people in California have become extremely selfish, arrogant, rude, and just plain INCONSIDERATE. And it shows clearly in the way they drive. It is a "Me, me, me" attitude that explains why they tailgate and drive as fast as their vehicle will go, with no regard to the safety of themselves or others; they steal the legal right-of-way of as many other drivers that they can; and they will never lower their high-beams, no matter whom they blind! I was born and raised in California, and I used to love it. Now I cannot wait to leave!
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      It is the result of the pervasive entitlement attitude that has swept over California (I too am a native)! This selfish and inconsiderate attitude reflects clearly in the driving habits of so many people in California.
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      You are absolutely correct! I live here (in Calif) and I completely agree and sympathize with you!

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    I’ve driven in California since 1991. I’ve spent many trips running up and down the state as well as driving in many other states. After all of this driving, I became fed up with how bad California drivers on. I wanted to point out what they do to either help change a few drivers or at least entertain the rest of the world with Californian’s horrible driving.

    I’m located in Orange County in a couple of the richest areas. I see every type of car that is out there in this area. It’s like a car show. Going to a car show isn’t exciting anymore because you see most of the cars driving around anyway. I also work at a place where people buy all the different types of cars. We have Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotus, etc. So you can even see a lot of the cars in the work parking lot.

    Disclaimer: You’re on your own with these tips. They are not the official law and in no way represent what you should be doing should a cop pull you over.

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